Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Don't Panic (Emergency Responders)...

EMTs and paramedics, God's message to you is the same as it is to anyone else. Don't panic! Fear God!

Panic shouts, "They're going to die if I don't act quickly!" Fear of the Lord calmly does what needs to be done. It works efficiently rather than frenetically. It acknowledges God's power over life and death and trusts His wisdom.

Panic takes unnecessary risks, endangering partners and patients. Fear of the Lord evaluates risk and acts wisely. It waits when help is needed. It does not rush in where fools fear to tread. It remembers that an injured rescuer cannot rescue.

Panic ignores the "crazy" director's instructions. Fear of the Lord submits to authority. It follows Command's plan even when it seems to make no sense. It does not act "heroically" when "heroics" are uncalled for.

Panic whispers, "If you mess up, they'll sue!" Fear of the Lord gives peace of mind. It allows you to focus peacefully on protocols and routines. It leaves results and consequences up to God.

Police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, every other kind of emergency responder...I don't know all of the ways these principles are relevant to your duties, but I know that they apply. Hear God's voice...Don't panic! Fear God!
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